May 9, 2013 2:10 AM by Eric Ross

Emergency management teams warn of possible flooding

It's been quite some time since southern Colorado experienced rainfall.

"It's a very slow rate right now," emergency management coordinator Ken Hughlett told News 5 Wednesday afternoon. "We're seeing ranges from .1 to .15 inches per hour."

Small amounts of rain is a blessing in a region plagued by the ongoing drought, but now there's the fear heavier rain is on the way.

"We monitor anything close to the burn scar to see if there's any danger to the area," Hughlett said.

The most vulnerable spots for flooding and erosion are in Manitou Springs and the Mountain Shadows neighborhood destroyed during the Waldo Canyon fire.

"We knew that event (the fire) could potentially cause us problems with flooding," Lt. Jeff Kramer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

The rain let up in most of El Paso County before the drive home Wednesday afternoon. Only minor flooding issues along Highway 24 were reported. As more rain moves in, emergency management teams are keeping a keen eye out for danger.

Emergency crews are patrolling areas in and around the burn scar looking for any major issues and traces of erosion.

If you have not done so already, El Paso County advises you to sign up for their emergency alert system. Registration can be done through the internet by going to

Also, a NOAA radio can be a useful tool to monitor storms should you lose power. Most drug stores or electronics retailers carry these radios for around $30.



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